The festive season is a wonderful time of year but unfortunately, it is also the time of year when we can let our guard down when it comes to protecting our property. Thieves know this, and take full advantage, especially of vehicles left unguarded and unsecured.
Most police forces around the UK report that December is one the peak times for the theft of vehicles which are left unattended to warm up in cold weather. Leaving valuables and gifts in vehicles on shopping trips is also an invitation for thieves to break into your vehicle.
Protect Your Vehicle From Theft
One of how you can protect your vehicle is with a GPS tracker. Should you be unlucky enough to have your vehicle stolen, a GPS tracker can quickly pinpoint the location of your vehicle leading to its quick recovery.
There is a huge range of GPS trackers available on the market today with a wide variety of capabilities according to your personal preferences and the best way to work out which one is ideal for you is to consider getting help from a company that specializes in GPS trackers. This way you can be sure of getting the right product to keep your vehicle safe.
In the meantime here are some other ways to keep your vehicle safe from thieves.
Lock your vehicle
This is the simplest thing of all yet it is surprising how easy it is to forget to lock your vehicle especially if you are just getting out for a couple of minutes to pop into a shop, or you’re stressed and frazzled during a busy day. A thief only needs a couple of minutes to get into your vehicle and drive it away or steal the contents. Lock the doors and make sure windows are closed.
Keep your keys and key fobs out of sight
With most modern cars a thief needs access to the keys or key fob to be able to steal the vehicle so the first thing you should do is keep these in a safe place, inaccessible to opportunist thieves, whilst at home and out and about.
With a keyless entry system you need to take slightly different precautions. Keyless entry works by unlocking the vehicle automatically via a signal from a key or fob emitted within a certain range of the vehicle. Thieves can use devices that fool your vehicle into thinking your key is within range and will enable unlocking and ignition starting. Always manually check your vehicle is locked before walking away from it.
To protect your keyless entry vehicle keep all keys and fobs well away from the vehicle and consider placing them inside a signal-blocking pouch such as a Faraday Bag. Turn off any wireless signals on your key fob when not in use.
Additional security measures
It is always recommended that you utilise as many security measures as possible to protect your vehicle. These include Thatcham-rated category 1 or 2 immobilisers, which prevent the engine from starting, and physical devices such as steering wheel locks, gear stick locks or wheel clamps.
The more steps you can take to keep your vehicle safe from thieves during the festive season or at any other time of year will likely pay dividends in reduced insurance premiums. One of the most effective security measures you can employ is a GPS tracker which, should the worst happen and your vehicle does get stolen you can quickly find out the exact location of the vehicle and effect a rapid recovery.